updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010
Apple facing heavy orders, Moto making 5-6 phones
Apple's device orders are so heavy that it's already asking suppliers for orders as distant as early 2011, assemblers and chipset makers said on Monday. iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook demand is strong enough that Apple is scheduling orders into next year. The contacts didn't give Digitimes numbers or to say which models were the most affected.
Anonymous contacts in the phone industry did say iPhone orders would go up in the fall.
The news while unverified would back a Kaufmann Bros. report from earlier today that estimated Apple could ship up to 5.7 million iPads in just the summer, 3.8 million Macs and 11.5 million iPhones. All three would be records for Apple.
Simultaneously, the handset insiders expected an uptick for HTC and that Motorola's own resurgence as a smartphone contender would continue towards the end of the year, with five to six new Android models due by the end of the year. What these would involve wasn't said, though the Droid 2 World Edition and international Milestone 2 are both known to be coming by the end of the year. [image via Anthony Sigalas]